At noontime on weekdays in the summer, the plaza in front of M&T Bank's downtown headquarters echoes with the sounds of musicians and other entertainers.
It's been that way ever since the bank's Plaza Event Series debuted in 1969. But not this year. M&T won't host the live performances, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and concerns about large public gatherings.
But the show will go on, away from One M&T Plaza.
M&T said it will launch a digital alternative, in collaboration with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, called the "Plaza (At Home) Event Series." The series will feature videos of longtime and newer Plaza Event Series performers, along with interviews with the musicians. The first video is expected to debut in June, with more to follow.
“This reimagined version of the Plaza Event Series will maintain the objectives we’ve always strived for – bringing people together through music and showcasing local artists," said Chris Kay, M&T Bank executive vice president and head of consumer banking, business banking and marketing.
M&T also is providing a $10,000 grant to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame "to support its mission of promoting Buffalo music and preserving the region’s diverse musical heritage."